About Us

watkins picsKate Watkins
Executive Director, LIFE Program 

Kate Watkins, D.Min, is the executive director of the LIFE program. Watkins is a graduate of Lipscomb University with her bachelor's in elementary education, Master's of Divinity as well as her doctorate. As executive director of the LIFE program, Watkins partners with the university's talented faculty to offer both associate or bachelor's degrees to women who reside at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Often, traditional students participate in the courses at the prison, viewing the residents of the prison as classmates and peers. 



goode picRichard Goode
Professor and Founder, LIFE Program

Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years. He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches such courses as U.S. History I, U.S. History II, Colonial America, Foundations of 20th Century America, the American Civil Rights Movement, Religion and American Culture, and Freshman Seminar. Additionally, Goode founded the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) programs, which offers Lipscomb courses at Tennessee Prison for Women. He also enjoys research and writing, and has published three books with Will D. Campbell. He holds a B.A. from Lipscomb University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about the Lipscomb LIFE program, contact:
Kate Watkins • kate.watkins@lipscomb.edu • 615-966-5722.